A must read for any vampire genre fan with a beautifully framed romance and great conflict.
This is my second Colleen Gleason book and the second in her Regency Draculia series. After having read the first book in the series, The Vampire Voss, before I tackled this one, I strongly suggest that you read that one first. The first two-thirds of this book take place simultaneously to the events of the first book, just from the perspective of Dimitri and Maia, and I found this book a little hard to follow at times because of that. The author expects the reader to be familiar with the story already and leaves a few holes that would confuse someone not having read the first book.
With the exception of that little criticism, I found this story to be a great vampire genre book that is a total must read for anyone with a passion for all things vampire. Two very powerful factions of vampires are on the verge of a war and the Woodmore family is right at the centre of it. An uneasy alliance has been made between Dimitri, the Earl of Corvindale and his group of vampires and the Woodmore heir, Chas, a vampire assassin working to rid the world of the opposing vampire forces. But Chas is a wanted man for many reasons and his enemies target two of his sisters to gain their revenge. Reluctantly, Dimitri takes on the task to act as guardian for the two older Woodmore sisters and gets himself in completely over his head with his attraction to the strong willed Maia. He must protect her from his enemies as well as his own desires which proves to be a very difficult task indeed. Add Maia’s plain, boring fiancé to the mix and you have a battle royale to find a happy ending.
As with the first book in the series, I found the plot of this story to be complex and detailed. There is so much going on that I had to pay particular attention as to not get lost in the plot twists and turns. The majority of the book follows the same storyline as the first book but when Dimitri and Maia’s story really starts to take center stage, the book takes on a whole new flow. I love the tension the author creates between these two characters as she pits two very strong personalities against each other. But the love between Dimitri and Maia is hard to ignore and I eagerly waited for them to finally come together. Both characters are written very well, with great depth especially in the case of Dimitri.
As a vampire, Dimitri does a poor imitation of the blood thirsty mythical creature from hell. In fact, he is so repulsed by his need for human blood that he hasn’t taken a live feed for over 100 years. He hates his life and what he is and spends his time researching ways to break the vampire curse and his pact with Lucifer. His desire to be a real man again and live a normal life completely attracted me and gives him real appeal as a hero. He may be dark and brooding but he is a strong, determined man who screams unfulfilled sensuality.
Maia is his match in every way. She has the same strong, controlling personality so obviously she butts heads with Dimitri at every turn. I like her desire to protect her family and her determination to avoid entanglement with Dimitri and marry a simple man. The girl just makes me laugh as she tries to resist her undeniable attraction to the powerful earl.
The love scenes are more tame than I would have liked to see in a vampire romance. I wanted steamy sex and got warmth and affection… not that I minded all that much. I would give it an 8 out of 10 on my Sexy Scale. (10 being very graphic in sexy content – 1 being so tame there isn’t even a real kiss… ok, well maybe a chaste one)
Overall, despite a bit of a rocky and confusing start, I liked Dimitri and Maia’s story and would recommend it to vampire and historical romance fans alike. The final book, The Vampire Narcise, is quietly screaming at me on my e-reader. I am afraid to start reading it as I have no clue who the true hero is going to be and I really want it to be Chas yet a part of me knows there is a chance that that poor boy is going to be the loser in love this time around… we shall see. I give this book a 7 out of 10.
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